Category Archives: Packaging Recycling


Packaging targets on course to be met

Posted on 2nd November, 2016

Latest data on the collection of packaging waste for recycling suggests that targets for 2016 are on course to be met comfortably by the end of the year. Data published last month on the government’s National Packaging Waste Database website shows that tonnages collected for glass, aluminium, plastic and steel all are currently at levels required…

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Draft packaging data published for 2015

Posted on 3rd March, 2016

Interim packaging waste data has been published for the final quarter of 2015 – providing some comfort to the PRN market and companies that recycling targets have been met. Early figures released by the Environment Agency show that all the packaging targets were met but with some materials expected to have started 2016 in a better…

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Paper PRNs increase to £5 per tonne

Posted on 1st December, 2015

The PRN sector continues to be full of surprises. After the value of aluminium PRNs (packaging waste recovery notes) rose earlier this year, it has now fallen back. But paper PRNs have risen due to increased pressure to meet the packaging recovery obligation in the final quarter of 2015. Paper PRNs are generally issued by…

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Latest packaging data confirms aluminium shortfall

Posted on 3rd August, 2015

Packaging waste recycling and recovery data for the second quarter of 2015 has confirmed a shortfall in the amount of aluminium packaging waste being sent for recycling. Under producer responsibility regulations governing packaging, producers have an obligation to pay towards the cost of recycling a proportion of the packaging they place on the market and…

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Demand for environmentally friendly industrial packaging stacks up

Posted on 1st June, 2015

PackCare is a key division of the Wastecare Group. Based in Leeds and with nationwide coverage, they supply a wide range of reconditioned UN-certified industrial containers ranging from 10lt up to 1000lt IBCs. Existing WasteCare clients not only get preferential transport rates but also enjoy competitive rates for all types of new and reconditioned containers….

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Packaging firms oppose Scottish container deposit idea

Posted on 1st June, 2015

Scotland, which is seen by some recycling lobbyists as setting the pace in recycling, has through its Zero Waste Scotland organisation come up with proposals for deposits on drinks containers. Research for Zero Waste Scotland has suggested that a deposit scheme could work alongside the existing packaging waste legislation involving PRNs and has called for…

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Packaging data puts pressure on aluminium sector

Posted on 1st May, 2015

For those with significant volumes of packaging waste – metal, glass, plastics and paper – the latest data for the UK’s packaging waste recycling system, based on PRNs, made interesting reading. For example, they showed that changes to scrap metal protocols appeared to have led to a shortfall in the amount of aluminium packaging recovered…

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Defra looks at PRN system

Posted on 1st September, 2014

The UK’s packaging waste system, which sees obligated businesses accounting for recycling through the purchase of PRNs (packaging waste recovery notes), continues to attract attention. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which is responsible for the packaging waste legislation is sounding out parties involved as to what they think of the current…

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New waste Packaging Regulations confirmed by EA

Posted on 28th February, 2014

More stringent regulations covering the collection of waste packaging have been confirmed by the Environment Agency this week. Following a somewhat fraught consultation phase, the EA has confirmed the amendments to the (WM2) regulations. The consultation process was hastily conducted and without effective communication to processors or producers. This process has resulted in the regulations…

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Packaging Regulation changes

Posted on 6th February, 2014

The Environment Agency has recently issued new guidance regarding the collection of waste packaging. The revised technical guidance (WM2) came into effect from 1st Jan and last week the EA issued a draft letter clarifying what the new changes mean. Final confirmation is expected shortly. Definition – All used packaging is now considered waste under…

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